SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s move-in day for hundreds of new students at American International College.

First-year students were moving into the campus’ two freshman dorms Friday helped by fall-sport athletes who were allowed to move in over the last few weeks as their team began practice.

22News spoke with a freshman, Nick Mauro from York, Maine about their new digs and how it feels to begin a new chapter, ” It’s definitely a change for sure. But everyone around here is super nice. They have been really helpful getting everyone together making it a home, like a family environment so it’s been a lot easier.”

The start of the school year there comes as AIC is still working to repair their Health Sciences building after a lightning strike caused a fire there last month. AIC’s president was proud to share with 22News that all of the academic programs and faculty offices that were housed in that building have found a new interim so that there will be no disruption as a result.

The semester officially starts on Monday with the annual ‘Welcome to the Hive’ student sendoff.

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Duncan MacLean is a reporter who has been a part of the 22News team since 2019. Follow Duncan on X @DMacLeanWWLP and view his bio to see more of his work.